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well as a
“ labour of love.” The your humble efforts and instructions seed sown may soon appear; the shall be openly acknowledged in the blessed effect of your Sabbath labours presence of an assembled world ; that may soon reach your ears, and fill your Lord and Master will thus adyour heart with joy. Or, should it dress you,
blessed of my be otherwise, should it always appear Father, inherit the kingdom prepared
have been doing no- for you from the foundation of the thing more than ploughing the world. Inasmuch as ye have done rock, and sowing the sand,” faint not it unto one of the least of these my under the apprehension that you
have brethren, ye have done it unto me.” laboured in vain, and spent your
W. M. strength for naught, rest assured that
REMARKABLE DISCOVERY IN NORTH AMERICA.
“ The Scotch Secession Church of Canada is separated from the Free Church by the mare magnum of Social Infidelity.”—Dr Burns.
The Rev. Dr Burns of Canada West, creek, and peer into every forest. has been distinguished, so far as our Not a shanty will escape him. And recollection of him extends, for two the accounts we have been hearing things—restless activity, and looking of him ever since his departure, have at every thing through a very formi- confirmed us in our expectations. dable pair of spectacles. When in His life, on the other side of the this country his labours were diver- Atlantic, has been one ceaseless round sified beyond number, and his move- of action. His family and congregaments erratic beyond description. His tion are in Toronto, but he himself pen, his tongue, his locomotive feats has no resting-place. The first time pretty nearly realized one's idea of the you ask for him at Ontario Terrace, perpetual motion. He wrote so much you are told that he has left for that it would have been believed that Owen’s Sound, and the next that he he rarely quitted his own house, had has gone to the Ottawa. Not long he not been seen perpetually diving ago his church took fire and was reinto other people's habitations. Nor duced to ashes; and no doubt many did he confine himself to the good of the warm-hearted, christian peotown of Paisley; he made excursions ple of the city sought for him, to throughout the length and breadth of sympathize with him under the calathe land, and always felt strongly mity. But the Doctor had put on drawn towards our larger cities and his seven-league boots, and while our universities, when pulpits fell va- Knox's Church was burning, was in cant and chairs were to be won. He Nova Scotia, holding on his way did not, however, in the course of his through the woods of Pictou, or along perambulations, stumble on any geo- the banks of the Shubenacadie ! graphical or physical discovery of From all this it is evident, that if note. In the case of an old country discoveries are to be made in North like ours, this was not to be expected; America, Dr Burns is the man to but the instant we heard of his de- make them ; nay, we are informed in parture for the New World, we pre- a late “ Toronto Banner," of a signal dicted that he would achieve wonders. instance of his success. It appears We felt assured that, if at all practi- that there has existed in Canada for cable, he would leave no part of some time back, although they are Canada unexplored. He will pene- not natives of the country, a small trate, we said to ourselves, every but very remarkable tribe, whose pe
culiarities it is not easy accurately people at once gave in to this opinion, to depict. Their chief characteris- on being told that the monster tribe tic is, that their appearance and cha- dwelling beyond this fearful sea were racter as a body, are the very reverse none other than the men with whom of what they are as individuals. Tak- they were every day coming into ing them one by one, they are as contact; some of whom were their comely in their appearance and pro- most attached friends or acquainportions as the Doctor himself—and tances, and were regarded by them this is no small compliment-and as as equal in intelligence, courtesy, and religious as the generality of Free- piety, to any in the province. On churchmen; but taking them in the learning all this, our first exclamamass, or when assembled together to
tion was-- -Alas for poor Dr Burns! he transact business as a community, is being made to pass through the they are a parcel of the most unsightly ordeal which all great discoverers and execrable infidels that can be have been doomed to undergo. So imagined. Now there is something was it, for example, with Columbus ; very shocking in all this, and as it or, to come nearer home, so was it was quite a possible thing that igno- with our own Bruce. At first no rant and simple-minded emigrants one believed him; but now his memight fall into the hands of these mory will be cherished as long as the monsters, it became a matter of no Nile continues to flow. In like mansmall moment to ascertain their loca
ner may we not hope that erelong tion. Well, it happened one day that Dr Burns' credit will be vindicated, our Doctor found himself-the exact and his name remembered as long as latitude and longitude we are not able the “great sea” he has discovered to assign-on the margin of what he shall lift up its dark and multitudisupposed to be one of the known lakes nous waves ? of the country, but which proved, on But, figure and ridicule aside, it is examination, to be a great and hither- melancholy to know that such a man to undiscovered sea. Its waters were as Dr Burns, in addition to all the dark, stormy, impassable ; but what acts of unkindness previously shown especially surprised and amazed him to our brethren in Canada, should, was, that, on applying his telescope to on so public an occasion as the laying the scene, he descried on the other side of the foundation stone of his new of the waters the encampments of the church, have seized the opportunity nondescript tribe to which we have of damaging, so far as his unbridled adverted. Here was a glorious dis- tongue could damage the the incovery; and, returning home, he an- terests of the Colonial United Presxiously awaited a fitting opportunity byterian Church. “The Scotch Sefor divulging the secret. The oppor- cession Church of Canada,” he intunity came; and at the laying of the formed his audience, “was separated foundation stone of his new place of from the Free Church by the mare worship, he announced it. What was magnum of social infidelity.” . Now, the result? Strange to say, the tid- what is the meaning of such magniings excited only feelings of indigna- loquent phraseology? tion. A few boldly protested against as voluntaries, is said to involve sothe whole story as a fabrication and cial infidelity. In what way? Is it an insult, declaring that there existed by seeking either to make men in
mare magnum of social infi- fidels, or to retain them in a state of delity,” and no such tribe as the one infidelity? No; it is simply because represented as inhabiting its further it does not allow men or governshore. And the great body of the ments, when engaged in the manage
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ment of secular and political affairs, worse than trifling; it is insulting, and to intermeddle (it being understood most unchristian is the use that is that it is their duty at all times, and made of it. We entreat Dr Burns, in all things to act under the influence for his own sake, and for his comof Christian principle and motive) in panions and brethren's sake, to set a sacred things. Is there infidelity watch before his mouth, and to keep here? We wist not. And yet Dr the door of his lips. There is too Burns, playing upon words, will hold much to be done in Canada, to allow up his hands in horror and say— of the evangelical agencies that are True, you voluntaries may convert all at work to be divided and weakened the subjects of a nation, but still, in the way in which he is seeking to unless there be a formal recognition divide and weaken them. We tell him of Christianity on the part of the advisedly, that he has already done powers that be, that will not be a more mischief in Canada than heisever converted nation. A nation of holy likely to repair; while we admit, that men is very far, he assures us, from even his folly is being overruled for being the same thing as a holy na- good. We are glad to find, that tion. The whole subjects of a king- since this melancholy explosion of dom may be individually the children feeling, the Free Church across the of God through faith that is in Christ water, and the United Presbyterian Jesus; but yet,, upon the voluntary Church, are drawing more closely toprinciple, as a kingdom they will gether than before. “The Lord constitute an infidel, godless mass. reigneth.” What arrant trifling is this! It is
Notices of Pew Publications. POSTHUMOUS WORKS of the Rev. THOMAS This volume consists of two parts; the
CHALMERS, D.D., LL.D. Edited by the first, Sabbath Exercises; the second, Daily Rev. WILLIAM HANNA, LL.D. Vol. I. Scripture Readings. We give a specimen Thomas Constable : Edinburgh, 1847.
of each :In this posthumous work the character of “December 20.-As there is so much power its distinguished author is presented under
ascribed to the truth in scripture, let it be my a new phase. As hitherto seen by the frequent exercise to summon this one, and world, he has been known as the most
that other, truth into my mind, and with care
to have a correct apprehension of it,--dwell powerful of modern preachers, as a zealous
upon it simply as it is. And let me here rephilanthropist, and as an eminent eccle
cord my experience, that of all the Bible siastical leader in the church to which he
truths taken together, there is none which belonged. What we remember of the il- tell more pleasurably or more powerfully lustrious dead was his “marvellous oratory” upon me than the work of Christ in the room in the pulpit, and the fruits of his luminous of sinners, as their substitute and their surety imaginative and elaborate pen in works --and that not only in the way of peace; but prepared for the press. Of these, it is only sure I am, that when thus occupied, I feel on just to say, that along with the power, the
the firmest vantage-ground for the vigorous,
and cheerful, and pro splendour, and the originality which sus
erous prosecution of tained to the last the unrivalled reputation markably accords with the pre-eminence
the service of God. This experience reof their author, there was an increasing given to Christ in his mediatorial offices mannerism of style and reproduction of through the whole of revelation, and justifies favourite ideas, which, detracting from the the saying of Paul, 'I am determined to know freshness, detracted in some degree from nothing among you, save Jesus Christ, and the enthusiasm with which every paragraph Him crucified,' and so also of the expresfrom his pen, and every sentence from his sions, 'Christ, the power of God, Christ, lips, were read and heard by impatient through glorifying 'in which, the world is
the wisdom of God," the Cross of Christ, thousands in the noon of his greatness. Less or more, this pertains to what is human,
crucified unto me, and I unto the world.'
Let me conform myself more and more unto and does not sensibly diminish the rever
the mediatorial economy of the gospel. Let ence and admiration with which we regard my fellowship be with tħe Son as well as with Chalmers' honoured name.
the Father. Let me live a life of faith in the We have in the work before us what Son of God, and test the efficacy of Bible must be deeply gratifying to every one ac- sayings by acting faith upon them, or chequainted with his genius and labours— the rishing the apprehension of these sayings, author in his undress,-sitting down with
along with a sense of their trueness. Ö, my the Bible in his hand, to receive and apply
God? let the word raise me above the world. to himself its lessons with the unquestion
Let it dwell in me richly in all wisdom. Above ing docility of a child. His design was so
all, let me be sanctified thereby; and may I
realise this living evidence of its perfection far expository, that he put on record the
and its power, that I am thoroughly furnished difficulties that were suggested to him, and by it unto all good works. the explanations which appeared to him “ February 28.-I am now reading Wilthe most probable and satisfactory; but in- liams on Divine Equity and Sovereignty. vestigation and speculation, and even exact He makes no reference to Leibnitz, though I interpretation, were not his primary ob- think his system is substantially the same. jects. His main design was to imbue his I trust that I read it with impression. His own mind with the truth, and spirit, and views encourage the fostering of every good practical wisdom, and comforts of the word.
desire and purpose, and the confident forthAs an example of reverence for the book putting of all our activities in the divine of God, his whole exercise is most instruc- ly intent on the salvation of all who will; and
life, seeing that God is represented as honesttive. His longings were towards the testi- there is no adverse decree in the way of our monies of divine truth; his very heart, as sincere endeavour to be, and to do, what He he quotes in reference to himself, was would have us. They also put us in the right ready to break through the greatness of attitude for that moral victory after whieh we these longings; and the course he took aspire—the attitude of entire diffidence in was certainly that which piety is taught to ourselves, seeing that nothing but defect and regard as the kind of research which God infirmity attach to the creature; and of entire will bless for establishment in the truth,
confidence in God, from whom cometh down and profitable experience of its unction and
every good and perfeet gift, and by whom
alone strength can be perfected in weakness. efficacy. The style corresponds with the
These views of Leibnitz and Williams I hold subject of the volume. There is nothing to be of great value in theology, both as sublaboured-all is direct and simple an art- serving the vindication of God and the pracless, undisguised revelation of the work. ticab guidance of man. I desire henceforings of his intellect and heart.
ward to look on myself as nothing, that the
power of Christ may rest upon me, and that I “ Numbers xxii. 21_35.—The kindling of may realise the joyful experience of the God's anger because Balaam went, seems to apostle, who, when he was weak, then was he warrant the hypothesis, that when God gave strong. O God! I would turn unto Thee, do him leave, he did so in the way of permission Thou turn unto me; begin the good work, only, but without the sanction of any order, and perfect that which concerns me.
and so as to leave himself responsible for the “ March 6.-The discourse of one of my
promptings of his own perverse inclination.
And certain it is that the accordancy is still own students (Mr G. M.D.) and Williams' book together, have had an enlightening and
kept up between the natural, or ordinary proconfirmatory effect on me. I feel more the
cess, and the actual recorded process in the
doings of Balaam, however much the miracuperfect freeness of the gospel; and obedience
lous interposition of God had to do with them. as the necessary result of our prior relation to God, after the impediment to our walking
God, who resists the proud, was displeased at together had been removed. O my God! let
the presumptuous movement of Balaam tome obtain a speedy adjustment of this great
wards the scene of temptation, even though
he should have been honestly and confidently question. Let me believe thy testimony respecting Christ, and have the peace and joy of
resolved to stand his ground against it. The thus believing. Let me feel both the relieving struggle with his ass tested the strength of and the regenerating influence of faith. I am
this, his perverse and wrong inclination. This exercised with anxious thoughts about the
part of the narrative, so much the jeer of insecurity of my temporal interests.
fidelity, is referred to by Peter when he speaks know what it is to rise above this sore degra
of the dumb ass rebuking, with man's voice,
the madness of the prophet. Balaam stili dation, and to devolve all my interests, both for time and eternity, upon God. In particu- persists in his wish to go, and evinces the opelar, let me lay hold of the imperishable riches
ration of it, notwithstanding the confession of offered, and that freely, for my acceptance in
his own sinfulness, by submitting it as a questhe gospel. And I do enjoy, at times, a glimpse
tion to be determined by the angel whether of the elate tranquillity and superiority and
he should go or not, instead of at once, and exemption from this world's cares, which such
on his own proper movement, doing the cleara commanding anticipation as this would con
ly right thing, which was to return and keep fer upon me.'
out of the way of evil. The renewed leave 66 Numbers xxii.9-20.- It may seem strange
he got, is still most strikingly analogous to that God should hold converse with one of so
the progress of a corrupt will under the in
fluence of self-deceit, when the mind gets questionable a character as Balaam. But we
more set than ever on some alluring object are no judges of this. He held converse with
of temptation, though with the still remainAbimelech and Laban, and with the Prince of wicked men himself. He is represented as
ing purpose of holding fast one's integrity
when the encounter comes." holding converse in the book of Job. The first reply of Balaam to the messenger looks well ; though, even in it, there may be
DISCOURSES by the late Rev. Andrew Tod, detected the embryo affection which misled
Balerno ; with a Memoir of his Life, and and ruined him. He does not say perempto
an Appendix, containing an Account of rily-I must not and cannot go; for God has the Illness and Death of his Eldest Son. positively forbidden it; but that God had not
Edinburgh : W. Oliphant & Sons. given him leave,–
-as if the leave might after- These eminently judicious, scriptural, and wards be gotten, but not yet. Baalak and his
pious Discourses, though labouring under messengers seem, at least, to have acted on
more than the usual disadvantages of posthis imagination; for they sent him a second
thumous publications, owing to the difficulty message ; and then it is that Balaam makes more distinct betrayal of the wrong affection
with which the author's manuscripts were which lorded over him, though yet struggling deciphered, are highly creditable to his tawith a principle which vented itself in the lents, and show him to have been a scribe utterance of a strong and righteous determin- well instructed unto the kingdom of heaven. ation. But why did he make a second attempt We know of few volumes better adapted on the mind and will of God, as if he had not than this for being useful to those whose expressed himself before in a way the most
hearts are softened by adversity or bereaveabsolute, and which ought not to have been made the subject of a second experiment?
ment. Its whole tone is in keeping with the And the result was, that God gave him the feelings and impressions which befit a scene leave he was evidently so much set upon. This
of mourning and distress. It brings the might seem strange; but it accords with God's reader, as a listener, into the chamber of ordinary moral dealings when questions of con- death ; and, as he hears the utterances of science and duty are in agitation within the triumphant hope with which a man of God breast. He leaves men at length to their anticipates his dismissal from his earthly own heart's lust. How frequent is it, for ex
labours, and marks the peace with which the ample, that men will flatter themselves with the resolution of acting uprightly in given
young disciple leans on Christ as he passes circumstances of temptation, yet feel irresist
through the dark valley, he is placed in the ibly drawn to adventure themselves among
very circumstances which are most approthe circumstances, and to give their presence priate for reflection on the death of the upto the scene where temptation is going on! right,
,” “ the redemption of time," and "the